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Forensic Services Division
Premier Public Safety Services for Oregon
Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Oregon State Police to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property and natural resources of the state.
To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to:
BE THERE - whenever the citizens of Oregon need our services.
PREVENT HARM - by providing direct enforcement, resources, and education.
SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES - by providing services in and specialized assistance to communities throughout Oregon.
Our vision, mission and objectives are driven by our values
Pride - We take pride in our professionalism, the courage and initiative of our workforce, and the high quality of service we provide.
Loyalty - We are loyal to the agency's public safety mission and the citizens we serve, demonstrated by our unwavering commitment to integrity, accountability, respect, and responsibility.
Dedication - We are dedicated to each other, the citizens and communities we serve, our partners, and our mission of public safety.
Annual Performance Measures

The Forensic Services Division is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory system serving all state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and prosecuting attorneys in Oregon. The Division also performs forensic analysis on criminal cases for the defense upon a court order.
The Forensic Services Division provides Oregon’s only full service forensic laboratory system. Our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
This forensic analysis is provided by more than 100 employees, strategically located at the Division’s five regional laboratories in Bend, Central Point, Pendleton, Portland, and Springfield. The regions are designed to provide optimum customer service for crime scene response and interaction with local law enforcement.
The Director of the Forensic Services Division, along with the Division’s Operations Manager and Quality Assurance Manager, are located at the State Police General Headquarters in Salem. Each of the five regional laboratories is led by a director, who is responsible to oversee local operations and administer the local laboratory’s budget. Although each laboratory has an assigned region, they function collectively in a "single system culture", providing the best service possible to our customers. Under this single system approach, laboratories continuously balance workload by transferring cases to other facilities to ensure the quickest turnaround time. Therefore, each laboratory has at its disposal the entire Division’s statewide resources.
The Forensic Services Division is committed to providing the highest quality scientific analysis to the criminal justice system. This quality is translated into accurate, complete, and timely analysis. The Division has a well-defined set of forensic science accreditation requirements and analytical procedures for analysts to follow. To monitor the quality of casework the Division has the following policies: all analysts are proficiency tested annually, casework is technically reviewed by a second analyst and each laboratory undergoes an annual audit by the Quality Assurance Manager. An external audit of each laboratory is conducted every four years by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board.